Lake Atitlan, Panajachel, Guatemala

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Oven-baked Fries

Moving down the alphabet in my theme of Recipes from A to Z, we have a simple potato dish that satisfies the craving for French Fries in a much more wholesome, and easier way-- without the frying!

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Oven-Baked Fries

When the baking potatoes have sprouted, dried out a little and developed spots, they are no longer suitable for baking. That’s when this recipe comes in handy. Waste not want not!

3 large baking potatoes or sweet potatoes
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray cookie sheet with non-stick spray. Wash and peel baking potatoes. Cut into halves, then fourths, then eighths. Cut out any brown spots or discoloring. Lay out on cookie sheet. Sprinkle olive oil over all, then paprika, salt and pepper.

Place in 400 degree oven and bake for thirty minutes. Pull out and turn each piece. Return to oven and bake an additional fifteen minutes. Serves four.

The ones pictured were made using russet potatoes and sweet potatoes.


  1. Oh joy - the worst I could do with these is burn them!

  2. My fav are the sweet potato fries in our oven - ooh so good - and I can taste why this would easily be one of filling recipes.

  3. I enjoy french fries and baked potatoes. Making my own is a thought that seldom comes to mind and I purchase potatoes all the time. Thanks for the reminder! Looking good!

  4. Your posts always make me drool! These look so good! And more importantly (for me)...easy. Will definitely give this one a try.

    Thanks for sharing! :)

  5. Mmmmm. Sounds yummy and easy. I just happen to have some potatoes on the shelf.

  6. These certainly sound more healthy than the fried version. Of course I'd probably salt them so much that I'd diminish any healthful gain I'd achieved. Good stuff though.

    An A to Z Co-Host
    Tossing It Out

  7. I really like the mix of potatoes. So pretty!

  8. Oven baked fries are yummy. You can experiment with different herbs and seasonings to put on them.

  9. We always bake our fries. Less fat that way.

  10. I love fries this way. Very tasty. Very easy.

  11. Sweet potato fries sound really REALLY good right now. I think that will be on the menu for dinner!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog.
    A to Z-ing to the end
    Peanut Butter and Whine

  12. So good and so much better for you.

  13. I'm going to have to try this one. I wonder if I could use the olive oil spray instead of sprinkling the olive oil over the fries?

    1. Liz, Pretty sure that would work as well, as long as they don't dry out. That'd be the main thing to watch.

  14. These fries look delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  15. These look really good. Thanks for your kind words on my site! Looking forward to coming follower. :)

  16. They look good. I think I'll try making them that way. ~Miriam

  17. Hi Karen .. such a great idea .. and mixing the potatoes - I love chips ... but not too often!

    Good to have you remind us to use everything .. I don't throw food away ... I use it somehow .. fruit in salads ... etc etc .. waste not want not ...

    Cheers Hilary

  18. My mouth is watering just looking at them... :)

  19. I made these and my family approved! ~Miriam

  20. Everybody in my family likes fries made this way. Except me that is! For me they need the kind of crisp that only deep frying can provide...


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